January 15, 2014, 2:43 PM — Twenty-one percent of professionals have a new resolution for 2014: Find a new job.
A new survey by CareerBuilder finds that of those intending to change jobs, the top reason for doing so (58%) is a no-brainer: They don't like their current one.
Other reasons include limited chances for advancement (45%), unsatisfactory work-life balance (39%), underemployment (39%) and stress (39%),
CareerBuilder cites last year's dip in employee satisfaction numbers as a possible reason for the uptick in job hunting. In 2013, 59% of employees reported being satisfied with their jobs, down from 66% the year before.
"Offering frequent recognition, merit bonuses, training programs and clearly defined career paths are important ways to show workers what they mean to the company," said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of HR for CareerBuilder. "In general, however, when more workers change jobs it’s usually a sign the labor market is warming up. During the recession and in its aftermath fewer people voluntarily left jobs because the chances of finding a new or better one were low compared to a healthier economic cycle."
Now, while 1 in 5 will be looking for a job, the majority intend to stay put. The survey found that 79% of professionals say they have no intention of looking for a new job this year because: “I like the people I work with.”
An attachment to coworkers was the #1 reason (54%) for staying. Other reasons cited by half of the 3,000 nationwide respondents: “I have a good work/life balance," (50%), “I have good benefits." (49%).
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